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Platform

Description

Platform games (platformers) are action games in which the playfield is set up as a series of planes (floors, levels, or platforms) for the player to navigate.

Platform games often involve combat, but include additional challenges by making navigation hazardous. Often the challenges of overcoming environmental dangers surpass those posed by combat. The player character is usually required to jump over gaps and damaging areas, or to access a different platform. In many platform games the player character is very vulnerable and can die easily from falling damage, environmental traps, or enemy attacks.

Early platform games (e.g. Donkey Kong) were confined to one screen and required the player character to climb in order to reach higher platforms. Later platformers, popularized by Super Mario Bros., began to focus on traversing side-scrolling levels, often within an allotted time limit, fending off upcoming enemies and jumping. This style, commonly referred to as jump-and-run, has preserved itself in many later platformers as well.

Other platform games, such as Prince of Persia, emphasize exploration, combat, and problem-solving in addition to the usual platform challenges. Such games have become known as cinematic platformers. This style has had a considerable influence on many 3D platformers (e.g. later Prince of Persia games, ICO, etc.), which incorporate extensive puzzle-solving.
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Pointless Platform MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

Just as the name this is a rather pointless platform game. Your goal is simply to jump from platform to...

The Polar Express Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

All aboard the Polar Express! Take a journey to the North Pole as you visit scenes from the movie based...

Windows (2007)

Polarity is a 2D platform/puzzle game based on magnetism. The goal of the game is to navigate environments and solve...

DOS (1997)

The Politically Incorrect Adventures of Gewt Ningrich is a satirical sidescrolling beat'em up. You play as Gewt Ningrich, who is...

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Sure, the Monkey may actually be abstracted down to a one-eyed box, and yes, the Funk isn't any more authentic...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Pong is a platform arcade game. The player controls a ball who has to collect five letters needed to create...

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

"Poogaboo: La Pulga 2" is the sequel to Indescomp's Bugaboo (The Flea). Conserving the same gaming style and argument of...

Popeye NES Front Cover

NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), TI-99/4A (1984), Odyssey 2 (1982) and Arcade (1982)

As Popeye, you are trying to win Olive Oyl's love! She is at the top of the screen dropping tokens...

Popeye ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The object of the game is to collect hearts and deliver them to Olive Oyle to keep her 'lovemeter' topped...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach...

Popeye 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Popeye 2 is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player plays as Popeye. The player can walk in all...

NES (1983)

This game aims to help younger Japanese speaking children learn some English vocabulary words. The game features Popeye the Sailorman,...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

While going out for a walk one day, Popeye and Olive Oyl were harassed by Bluto once again. Sick of...

Popful Mail SEGA CD Front Cover

SNES (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

The cute bounty hunter known as Popful Mail looks like she would have no trouble making a living slashing bad...

Popful Mail PC-98 Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and PC-98 (1992)

Mail is a young, cute, enthusiastic female bounty-hunting elf. Unfortunately, every time a bounty is a near something goes wrong:...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Pop 'n Magic is a platformer with single-screen stages, similar in concept to Bubble Bobble. Demons have attacked a lovely...

Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Porky Pig ventures to Dry Gultch Haunted Theme Park and while staying there, falls asleep. He dreams up a nightmare,...

Atari 2600 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You play as Edward "Pee Wee" Morris, who, despite his shortcomings, strives to get revenge on Porky, the owner of...

Portal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2010)

Aperture Science is a secret weapons research organization in competition with Black Mesa. Chell is a test subject at the...

Portal 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Portal 2 is the sequel to Portal and offers the same first-person puzzle-platform gameplay. Players continue the story taking the...

Portal Runner Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

In Portal Runner you assume the role of the bow and arrow wielding Vikki G. Thinking she was investigating a...

Portal: The Flash Version Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Portal: The Flash Version is - like its name - an unofficial Flash edition of the game Portal.Without much background...

Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

People can no longer live on Earth. It needs to regenerate. The whole mankind moved to a different galaxy consisting...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You play the role of Bill Stickers, a billboard paster. You paste the billboards across town, to display the advertisements...

Game Boy Advance (2007)

Postman Pat and the Greendale Rocket is based on the famous TV cartoon series about happy and friendly Postman Pat...

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